University for a Day: America and the World
Every fall The Schemel Forum presents University for a Day. It is our signature offering. The full-day event features four lectures with ample time for discussion after each of them, morning coffee, lunch and a closing reception. It is a day of full immersion in the realm of ideas and issues and has proven to be a regional favorite— stimulating, provocative—and fun! This year our focus is on “America and theWorld.” The exploration will go from the past to the future and from the community to the galaxy.
Saturday, September 22, 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Brennan Hall Pearn Auditorium, Room 228 lunch and reception in Brennan Hall, Room 509
Coffee and registration
Lecture 1: Democracy as a Political Project: Reflections from Palermo and Colombia
The lecture will examine the relationship between politics and violence, and the influence of organized crime on the cultural, social, economic and political life of a society.
Aldo Civico, Ph.D., Co-founder and Director of the International Institute for Peace and Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University Newark
Lecture 2: Democracy as a Political Project: Reflections from Palermo and Colombia
Building on the final chapter of his new book, America’s Unwritten Constitution, Professor Amar will discuss the Constitution of the future. As America celebrates the 225th anniversary of our constitution, we will look ahead 225 years. What should our constitution look like 225 years from now—and how do we get there?
Akhil Amar, J.D., Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University
Lecture 3: From Self-Interest to Self-Destruction: Views of Greed and Corruption from Antiquity to Modern Times
The talk argues that the recent politics of selfinterest is a recipe for corruption and ultimately self-destruction. A democracy like ours needs citizens who have at least one eye on something greater than themselves. Can our institutions instill such an attitude in their constituents?
Matthew H. Meyer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Philosophy, The University of Scranton
Lecture 4: Are We Alone?
An Exploration of Life in the Universe Who knows what planets might support life and what kind of life it might be? We will explore the possibility of life on the myriad newly discovered planets, starting with an examination of life here on earth.
Jeremy Sepinsky, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Physics, The University of Scranton
Fee: $25 for Non-Members
* Free to Schemel Forum Members